Paul Merson predicts Manchester City v Liverpool

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Paul Merson believes Manchester City will beat Liverpool this weekend.

Manchester City will have too much for Liverpool this weekend, Paul Merson has told SkySports.

A loss would be a second successive victory for new manager Jurgen Klopp, and spike the solid start he had made as manager, which was halted abruptly when Crystal Palace won at Anfield before the international break.

Manchester City are aiming to keep their spot at the top of the Premier League table, and Merson believes they will do that.

He said: "I think it's a nice game for Liverpool, because nobody expects them to win. They went to Chelsea and won, then lost at home to Palace - it's obvious there's a lot of work to be done and Jurgen Klopp knows that.

"Man City are top of the league even without Sergio Aguero and David Silva in recent weeks. I think they win this game 2-0."

The match will also be notable as it is the first time Raheem Sterling comes up against his former club after his controversial summer transfer from Liverpool, and the continued absence of Sergio Aguero means he will need to step up.

An away win for Liverpool could see the Reds close the gap on City to just six points, and give their own hopes of a top four place a major boost. Currently they are seven points behind fourth placed Manchester United and nine back from City.

City have a near perfect home record this season, winning five out of six games at the Etihad, but lost 2-1 at home to West Ham.

Liverpool's away form has been solid, winning two of six games on their travels, but defeated only once, a loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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